Saturday 29 April 2017

Irish quartet stay in hunt

Chris Selfridge and Dermot McElroy, two of the stars of Ireland's home international success last week, surged into the last 32 of the British Boys Championship at Kilmarnock

(Barassie) yesterday.

Selfridge, from Moyola Park, was in superb form as he dominated his match with England's Oscar Sharpe, who, as a 14-year-old, was predicted to have a brilliant future after winning major junior events.

But the Irish teenager was much too good for him, racing into a four-hole advantage and going onto complete a 6&4 triumph.

Ballymena's McElroy had a somewhat trickier clash with German Sebastian van den Hoff and had to pull out the stops to record a 2&1 success.

He now faces another Irishman, Alex Gleeson from Castle, who played in last month's Junior Open. Gleeson was involved in a tremendous battle with Welsh Boys champion Oliver Baker.

The Irish international squeezed home on the final green.

To complete a splendid day for the Irish, Jeff Hopkins, the Youths championship runner-up from Skerries, in north Dublin, moved into the last 32 with a 2&1 defeat of Frederik Hammer from Denmark and he now faces England's Jamie Rutherford.

The only Irish casualty was Jamie Richardson from Royal Portrush, who went down by 4&3 to Spaniard Adrian Otaegui.

Irish Independent

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